Ann Arbor — After going through Tuesday's win at Rutgers with a variety of illnesses and injuries, Michigan looks to be getting closer to full strength.
Already without leading scorer Caris LeVert, several of the Wolverines played limited minutes or weren't at 100 percent after a round of upper-respiratory issues hit the team and decimated the lineup. UM used 11 players, including walk-ons Andrew Dakich and Sean Lonergan, who saw a few minutes in the first half.
Ricky Doyle was limited to seven minutes in each of the last two games, but appears to be coming around and will have a challenge Saturday against Wisconsin All-America center Frank Kaminsky.
Derrick Walton Jr., playing through a sprained toe, hit two big 3-pointers down the stretch and four free throws in the final minute to help seal the victory.
Walton has been limited in practice, as he has been in recent weeks, to ease the strain the toe.
"The only one we held back a little bit was Derrick Walton because the foot hurts a little bit because of the toe," coach John Beilein said Friday. "We're just trying to manage him through this."
Albrecht, who missed the Northwestern win Saturday, returned against Rutgers but wasn't at full strength. Beilein said that Albrecht is recovering and had a good practice Thursday and should be ready to go Saturday against Wisconsin at Crisler Center. Albrecht passed on some shots.
"That was the best he's been in a long time, yesterday," Beilein said Friday. "I shot with him extra in the morning yesterday and he's coming around."
Beilein is concerned mostly with Albrecht's passiveness on offense, passing on open shots and not being as aggressive as needed at certain points in games.
"Hopefully, we worked through it because for 20 minutes, he didn't miss. He's got to be more comfortable. Shooters like Stauskas never thought they'd miss, so they weren't afraid to shoot.
"Anybody that has any doubts, we don't want them shooting, because it's probably not going in. we had to give him that confidence back. Hopefully in today's practice, he'll have more success."